If you are in London for the Olympics, you must check out Art in the Dancehall: An exhibition of Jamaican music design and illustration from 1980 to the present at the Puma Yard (official home of Jamaican Olympic team sponsors). The talented artist (and my lovely friend) Robin Clare is part of the show.
Robin also recently exhibited her Dancing Words and Jamaican Project series in Sydney. I love the rich hand painted text in her work (check out Liquorish and Milkyway on the Jamaican Project page of her website) especially in Dancing Words where the text is interwoven with the repeated imagery of people dancing. Check out more of her work here!
In an earlier post, I wrote that I took an Introduction to Silver Jewellery class at Gaffa. At Gaffa, I was introduced to Alida Cappelletta’s work. Alida is an artist, runs the Gaffa studio, and teaches classes (specialising in silver/metal and enameling). My friend bought a piece of her enamel jewelry and I instantly fell in love with her work – the color and the shapes in particular. I bought an enamel necklace and contacted her to see if she would make a matching pair of stud earrings. Lucky for me, she is so sweet and agreed! Not only did she provide a design to match my necklace, she also created a few of other styles (in other colors as well). I couldn’t resist and bought several pairs – they make great gifts! I am a huge fan and can’t wait to see more of her work. Here is a link to her bio.
I met Hyun in grad school while at the California College of the Arts. Her paintings were on exhibition while she was in the MFA program. They were very large works of art and I instantly fell in love with the scale, colors, composition and texture. She paints, scraps away the paint, and paints again. The ‘erasing’ and layering creates unique combinations and patterns. I can’t wait to some day own a piece of her work… See her work here. Above image credit: “mushed, covered, and crushed” 116x91cm oil on canvas 2011. Hyun Sun Jo.
For my birthday, my friend gave me a 7-week Introduction to Silver Jewellery class at Gaffa. We completed two projects. The pendant above was my second piece.
For this assignment, we were given a small flat piece of silver and were allowed to design anything. Wanting to use simple shapes and experiment with texture, I designed my piece with art deco style in mind. I finished the necklace by stringing the pendant on size 16 silk cord. (Australian Jewellers Supplies is a great shop to find jewelry findings and tools.)
I checked out Chrissie Abbott’s show Casual Cosmology at the China Heights Gallery. A friend was going so I decided to tag along. I had never seen her work before, very psychedelic. This poster was on the more tame side, but I love the composition and font lettering.
Found this card on the ground in an alley by my house. Love the fluoro colors and texture. Looked like someone had painted nail polish on the card. I should have taken it home with me, but at least I have this beautiful image.
Saw these ‘cute’ monsters at the Sculptures by the Sea exhibit November 2011. Bondi.